Foreign Policy in Focus

Foreign Policy in Focus (FPIF) is a “Think Tank Without Walls” connecting the research and action of more than 600 scholars, advocates, and activists seeking to make the United States a more responsible global partner. It is a project of the Institute for Policy Studies. FPIF provides timely analysis of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs and recommends policy alternatives. We believe U.S. security and world stability are best advanced through a commitment to peace, justice and environmental protection as well as economic, political, and social rights. We advocate that diplomatic solutions, global cooperation, and grassroots participation guide foreign policy. For a more detailed explanation of our foreign policy vision, please consult Just Security, our framework document. FPIF publishes commentaries, briefs, and reports on its website and organizes briefings for the public, media, lawmakers, and legislative staff. Staff and other FPIF experts also write for newspapers, magazines, and other online publications and author books on foreign policy and international affairs. FPIF experts speak frequently on television and radio programs and are often quoted by print and online journalists. FPIF aims to amplify the voice of progressives and to build links with social movements in the U.S. and around the world. Through these connections, we advance and influence debate and discussion among academics, activists, policymakers, and decisionmakers. While all our work adheres to our core values, the views expressed in FPIF publications do not necessarily reflect those of the staff and board of IPS or our advisor committee.

The Real North Korean Threat

October 27, 2013

In North Korea, the threat of desertification should be raised to the same level as nuclear nonproliferation. By Emanuel Pastreich

When America Met Mandela

July 04, 2013

"Take your guns, pangas, and knives and throw them into the sea" (Nelson Mandela). By Francis Njubi Nesbitt

Adding Fuel to Syria's Fire

February 16, 2012

Analysis on the various ways that both the Syrian government, and Syrian rebels are being supplied with arms provided by other nations. By Anya Barry Despite the widespread international denunciation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the government in Damascus continues to crack down on the country’s growing domestic opposition. “They...